‘Unprecedented’ Flooding in El Paso Leaves Woman Dead

A storm system that stalled for days over West Texas led to what a National Weather Service meteorologist on Saturday called an “unprecedented” amount of rain in the predominantly dry El Paso area, leaving a woman dead. “We’ve had reports of 6 inches (of rain) in the past two days, which for us, our average rainfall for a year in El Paso is about 8.5 inches,” meteorologist Jason Grzywacz said. “Everything started Thursday … we’ve just been sitting in the same persistent weather pattern since then.” “For us it’s an unprecedented type of rainfall to get, this much rain in two days … with more to come,” according to Grzywacz. Mandatory evacuations were issued Saturday morning in neighboring La Union, New Mexico, and residents were told that they’ll be out of their homes for 48 hours, Grzywacz said. Several roads in the region are also closed due to flooding as …

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